We’ve talked a lot about the improvements coming to vehicles in the near future, like new technologies in your windshield and the probability of self driving cars. But what could you see in the next four to six years?
Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
Do you know what the most common type of car accident is? Rear-end collisions. Also referred to as whiplash collisions. While the majority of these accidents take place at less than 10 miles per hour, they can still cause major injuries to the spine and neck. So how do you prevent these common accidents? Automatic Emergency Braking.
The AEB system will kick in when you don’t.
So if you’re on your phone (which you shouldn’t be!) or you’re busy adjusting your GPS when you miss a turn, and you don’t see the person in front of you stopping, your AEB system will stop your car for you, preventing a minor or potentially major accident, depending on your speed.
The AEB system uses a series of sensors to detect the potential collision, alert the driver, and then apply the automatic brakes for you. It uses a combination of driver assist systems as well as Electronic Stability Control to slow your vehicle and even lessen the severity of an impact if it’s unavoidable.
The following car manufacturers are embracing the AEB system in their vehicles:
- Land Rover
- General Motors
These companies represent 99% of the U.S. auto market. By 2022, automatic emergency braking will be a standard feature for all vehicles. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration’s agreement “is expected to make AEB a boilerplate function on new cars three years earlier than through the formal regulatory process”. In those three years, there should be an estimated 28,000 fewer crashes and 12,000 less injuries as a result!